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by Mike Masnick

Proposed EU Copyright Changes Piss Off Just About Everyone

from the something-for-everyone-to-hate dept

tijir writes in to point to the latest round of proposed changes to European copyright law, and as was expected, there's something in there for just about everyone to hate. While it doesn't include software patents (the EU learned that lesson last year), it bizarrely shifts all the blame for copyright infringement from end users to service providers. It takes the "inducement" concepts of the U.S. Supreme Court's Grokster decision, which has created all sorts of problems, and puts it into the law for Europe. Not surprisingly, that makes the various copyright lobbies happy. They like being able to go after the big providers, rather than individuals -- even if the big service providers haven't actually done anything wrong. However, the draft law apparently also then clears the way for individual users to download what they want for non-commercial use. Private, non-commercial use of infringed products is allowed -- which pisses off those very same copyright lobbies. Effectively, what this really does is take all the liability off of end users, and dumps a fair portion of it on the providers of the tools and services they use. That doesn't seem fair or reasonable, but apparently someone thought it made for a good regulatory proposal.

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  1. identicon
    Overcast, Mar 21st, 2007 @ 1:40pm

    So that's good! You can download all the copy written stuff you want and only your ISP gets in trouble.... Yaaay!


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    David, Mar 21st, 2007 @ 1:52pm

    Presumably personal downloading is still a civil offence in individual countries? I think this only makes it so that it's not a crime - but commercial infringement is a crime according to this directive. At least that's what the arstechnica article said.

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    JooJooBee, Mar 21st, 2007 @ 2:02pm

    NeverEnding Circle of Blame

    So all the blame will shift to the ISP. Then in the future, the ruling will change. All the blame gets shifted to the end users. and it keeps going, and going, and going, and going.....

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    Joe, Mar 21st, 2007 @ 2:38pm

    More EU Law!

    Who pays these bum's wages? Lets sack them!

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    Javarod, Mar 21st, 2007 @ 3:18pm

    Here's a question, considering its a draft legislation, did they write this up just to piss everyone off so they'll come to the table?

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  6. identicon
    Enrico Suarve, Mar 22nd, 2007 @ 3:25am

    Re: Javrod

    Javrod - I hope so, I really fucking hope so

    Although somehow I doubt it - remember these are the same cretins who have banned bananas which aren't bendy enough, and who periodically go on crusades to wipe out foods named after regions which are no longer made in the towns themselves (I still can't wait for Hamburger!)

    Nothing would surprise me from this bunch of clowns

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    presidentsbush, Mar 22nd, 2007 @ 12:50pm

    Well if we cant buy the CD's cheaper then we'll just download them for free. simple really

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